Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Wordy Wednesday: Mothers Day
Its that time of year again...Mother's Day. Thought I would give a bit of the history behind the holiday so we can see just how this all began...
In the United States, Mother's Day started nearly 150 years ago, when Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community, a cause she believed would be best advocated by mothers. She called it "Mother's Work Day." In 1905 when Anna Jarvis died, her daughter, also named Anna, began a campaign to memorialize the life work of her mother.
Anna began to lobby prominent businessmen like John Wannamaker, and politicians including Presidents Taft and Roosevelt to support her campaign to create a special day to honor mothers. At one of the first services organized to celebrate Anna's mother in 1908, at her church in West Virginia, Anna handed out her mother's favorite flower, the white carnation. Five years later, the House of Representatives adopted a resolution calling for officials of the federal government to wear white carnations on Mother's Day. In 1914 Anna's hard work paid off when Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother's Day as a national holiday.
As for me I want to give a shout out to the best Mama in the world...Cheryl Segreti. She is mother to twelve children (11 of which are boys) and grandmother to three. Her love and devotion throughout the years has impressed me again and again. If I could be HALF the mother she is it would be amazing. Happy Mother's Day Mama! I love you!
And to all the other mothers out there reading this...HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! You girls rock!